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Test Kitchen tips: Measuring butter (without a wrapper)

October 2, 2011 |  7:00 am

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You have a recipe that calls for 4 tablespoons of butter, but you're out of those nice sticks with the measure on the wrapper, and have only unmarked ends hanging out in the back of the fridge. What do you do?

Not to worry. Fill a measuring cup part-way with cold water, and drop in your butter bits until the measure reaches whatever you need. For 4 tablespoons butter, fill a measuring cup with, say, one-half cup water. Add butter until it reaches three-fourths of a cup (one-fourth cup equals 4 tablespoons). Voila.

It even works with butter left out at room temperature; just make sure the water is very cold so the butter doesn't melt as it's added and measured.

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Photo credit: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times

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